HC Deb 24 March 1919 vol 114 cc61-2W

asked the Secretary of State for War if he can inform the House how many voluntary recruits he has obtained in each of the months which have elasped since 11th November; whether he regards the rate of enlistment as satisfactory; and whether he proposes to set on foot a really effective propaganda to create a sufficiently large voluntary Army by April, 1920?


The following figures show the number of recruits enlisted on normal engagements for the period in question:

11th November to 30th November, 1918 223
1st to 31st December 421
2nd January to 1st February, 1919 1,774
2nd February to 1st March 4,290
2nd to 15th March (last available figure) 2,922
Total 9,630

Re-enlistments of men already serving are:

Up to 31st January 17,270
1st to 28th February 25,149
1st to 20th March 15,180
Total 57,599

A very considerable sum of money has been spent in advertising, and more will still be undertaken. I do not regard the progress made as unsatisfactory.